Redshirting Freshman Giving Up Football

A freshman defensive lineman has left the team before Auburn begins spring practice.

Auburn, Ala.--The opportunity for playing time on the defensive front continues to improve for a large group of incoming players as another player has left the team as the Auburn Tigers prepare for spring practice to begin on Feb. 28. Coach Tommy Tuberville said on Wednesday that Rudy Odom has left the team and won't return next season.

"Rudy Odom has decided to just be a full-time student," Tuberville said. "He'll finish up the year and decide what his future is going to be."

Odom gets instruction from Coach Terry Price during two-a-day practices last fall.

A talented player coming out of Fontainebleau High in Mandeville, La. last year, the 6-5, 260 Odom came in with high expectations and showed some promise last season as a redshirt. Heading into this spring he was expected to move to the offensive line provided he could get big enough to make the move.

As a senior Odom was one of the top players in Louisiana as he finished with 93 tackles, 11 sacks and six caused fumbles. Still young at not even 19-years old, Odum is expected to transfer to a school closer to home following the spring semester to continue his education. It is not known if he will continue his football career.

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